What does it mean to be a wedding photographer that also shoots film?

B&W 35mm film, Kodak 400TX.  The Park Chateau Estate.

B&W 35mm film, Kodak 400TX. The Park Chateau Estate.

As a wedding photographer I shoot digital images while also integrating some 35mm & medium format analog film. Yes, film! That old-time beautiful stuff that comes in rolls and advances frame by frame.

My favorite film to use is either B&W 400-TX or Portra 160 which I usually push one or two stops.

So, what on earth does all of that mean?

For me it means I get to use a medium that I really love as an artist.

Film requires patience and waiting for the right moment. It requires an understanding of light and timing because there’s no looking behind the camera to see your results, and there’s no rapid shooting - just thinking, observing and creating.

I get a lot of inquiries from film-loving people and they’re happy to know that they can get a mix of both digital and film for their wedding day. I consider my digital images to be more polished (still artistic, but just more exact), while my film images are all about embracing the imperfection, the beauty of the grain, and the softness of the moment. It can be hard to explain with words but if you’re an art lover, a photography lover - I’m sure you can understand what I mean. What to chat about film? Just send me a note!

Christina and Brian at The Ryland Inn | Winter Wedding

I’ve been working and re-working my journal so often that some posts seem to have been lost in the fray. I really wanted to give Brian and Christina’s wedding it’s due and place back on the blog! What a gorgeous winter wedding at the Ryland Inn, with an emotional first father-daughter look to boot.

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Design and Coordination by Bloomers Designs

Hair: Beauty Artist Group

Makeup: Beauty on Location

Peconic Bay Yacht Club Wedding | Summer 2018

If you enjoyed Alex & Andy’s engagement photos in Astoria, then you’ll love their wedding photos too! They’ve been highlighted in my galleries but it’s high time I gave their photos a proper blog post.

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We started with getting ready and first look with dad photos in Cutchogue, right by the water! There were so many classic moments and it was such a dream to capture them in an artistic way. Alex’s summer gown was so airy and I love the way the light came through the fabric.

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What I loved about Alex is that she was super ready to go!! I soon as I finished photographing the dress she dashed off to get ready- I love the motion in this photograph on the left.

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After a first look with her dad, Alex and Andy had a Catholic ceremony at Our Lady of Good Counsel on Long Island, followed by a ROCKING reception at the Peconic Bay Yacht Club. So fun, so incredible and I was honestly sad when their day was over. So much love to you guys, thank you for having me as your wedding photographer.

Flowers by Karen Lenahan Designs

Rocking Music by Hank Lane.